One Plate- Many Looks!

Way back in March I posted some Sprinkles Cupcakes that I had made.  My family was coming over for Sunday afternoon coffee and I wanted to spruce up the plain glass plates that I had.  The little blue dots that came with the mix were so darn cute!  Then I remembered a stack of scrapbooking papers that I had and went to work on customizing the plates specially for the occasion.

And then it struck me:  I can change the look of the plates to match what I am serving at parties or get-togethers!  I like to pick out an accent colour or pattern from the appetizer or treat that I am serving and then pick a paper that would compliment it.  This is especially great for when you are throwing a party with a colour scheme or a theme, for example a bridal shower, Thanksgiving, birthdays, Easter brunch….

Have a look at how these $1 plates (yes, I picked mine up at the dollar store…true story!) get a new life every time I serve something else on it:


The “how-to” is really dead simple:

  • use clear glass plates (I have side plates, but you can do this with dinner plates as well)
  • select a piece of scrapbooking paper that you want to use based on the colour or theme you want to work with
  • use a small bowl with the same diameter as the bottom of the plate to trace as many circles as you would need on the back of the selected paper
  • cut out with siscors
  • lightly apply some glue from a glue stick to the paper (don’t worry, it should come off really easy after use)
  • stick to the bottom of the plate – hold it in place until the glue dries

I am all for cheapo-do-it-your-self-recycle-what-you-have party tricks!  It goes to show that you can give a plain stack of glass plates like these some attitude!

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  • Coleen
    May 24, 2020

    Nienke ek hou van jou nuwe header.

  • Miranda
    May 25, 2020

    OMG love it, you and Sarah (from Long Legs Healthy Life) are all over the cutesie homemade decore today. *heart*

  • Kristin
    May 25, 2020

    What a great idea! Loved this ?


  • andrea
    May 27, 2020

    OMG, what a great idea!!! Totally going to try this!!

  • Laura
    May 28, 2020

    I love it! You know me when it comes to scrap booking papers. Can’t wait to see it in action.

  • Ashley
    May 29, 2020

    Ahhhh!! You are sooo amazing and creative!! Your new header is awesome. Love this plate idea and tray in the new post. That drink sounds tasty. Um, and hello..your cupcakes look amazing and are decorated to perfection. Did you make them???

  • Annelies
    May 30, 2020

    Glass plate fabulousness. I really like the textures and colors symbiotically working together- makes for easy party planning. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. (Glass tray is no less fabulous)! I wonder what you’ll concoct for Labor Day partying.

  • Sana
    May 31, 2020

    This is honestly the best idea I have ever seen! It’s so simple and can make anything seem festive!

  • Kirsten
    May 31, 2020

    This is the coolest idea!

  • suki
    May 31, 2020

    That is a great idea!!! 🙂 $1 store plates, hm? Guess I’d better be on the lookout for some!

  • Megan
    May 31, 2020

    This is such a great idea!! I have some (ugly and 70’s) glass plates that I never use- I should definitely use your idea for them!

  • Coleen
    May 31, 2020

    You are sooooo creative! And have the most amazing ideas changing simple stuff in your kitchen and home into something special. Thanks for sharing your tips with us. Go girl go.

  • S @
    June 1, 2020

    Super-smart… and with different place mats clear plates can even alleviate dishware boredom without the crafts!